(WASHINGTON TIMES) With a government shutdown looming and all sides digging in, the men of the cloth are weighing in, with the Senate chaplain delivering a stinging rebuke Friday morning of the shutdown showdown playing out in Congress.

“Lord, deliver us from governing by crisis, empowering us to be responsible stewards of your bounty, using judicious compromise for the mutual progress of all,” Chaplain Barry C. Black prayed as he opened the Senate session Friday morning, hours ahead of several key votes that will determine whether the chamber can pass a spending bill to keep the government open beyond next Monday.

Meanwhile, over in the House, Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy, a Jesuit priest, sat in on a key committee meeting Thursday night, prompting Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions to say he hoped they would benefit from the “divine” aid.


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